The Censorship-Industrial Complex: The Right’s New Boogeywoman

Source: The UnPopulist
by Jonathan Rauch

“I have been in the anti-censorship business since the publication of Kindly Inquisitors in 1993, so I need no lectures about the value of open discourse and heterodox expression. I think it’s great for some social media companies and their customers to prefer relatively permissive content standards. But it’s also perfectly valid for Facebook and YouTube to set higher standards, tell us what they are, and try to enforce them consistently — even if they make mistakes, as they will. And (this should be obvious, but apparently isn’t) it’s also perfectly valid for independent scholars to identify what they think is online misinformation and report it to social media companies, the public, and, yes, government agencies. That’s free speech, too.” (07/08/24)